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Over at the AVSForums, a thread headline reads... “Russian Rocket Fails To Put Dish Network Satellite In Proper Orbit.”

Only a hockey fan would reply… “When I saw this thread I thought of Pavel Bure.”

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Playoffs Will Be Key For Marleau

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from Gary Peterson of the Contra Costa Times via Inside Bay Area,

We have seen over the past three weeks that Marleau still has jump in those 29-year-old legs, and that the Sharks are better off when he’s on top of his game. But there are bigger questions afoot that cannot be answered until the regular season ends, and the mission shifts from playoff positioning to legend making and legacy building.

Question No. 1: Speaking of interpretive data: Does Marleau rise to the level of competition, or does he shrink from it? In 2004, he scored seven goals as the Sharks defeated St. Louis and Colorado in the first two rounds of the playoffs. He was held to one goal and was a minus-5 in the conference final loss to Calgary.

In 2006, he scalded Nashville for seven goals as the Sharks won in five games. He scored two goals as they were eliminated by Edmonton.

more

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Wayne Talks Gordie

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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Wayne Gretzky was the planned surprise guest at the party the Vancouver Giants are having for Gordie Howe to celebrate his 80th birthday today, but while he said he wouldn’t be able to come, he’ll surely find a way to send along his regards.

The Great One took some time here to tell a few of the tales of his interaction with the man Reggie Fleming used to call “Blinkey” as a way to try to get under his skin, always a dangerous proposition. And it all started with that famous picture of the two taken when he was just 10 years old; Wayne remembers it like it was yesterday.

“I remember I was getting out of school that day because I was meeting Gordie at the Holiday Inn at 2’ o’clock,” said Gretzky

continued

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  Tags: gordie+howe, wayne+gretzky

Rangers In A Tight Race

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Somehow, the sixth-place Rangers are only four points ahead of the ninth-place Sabres, though they do hold a game in hand on Buffalo. Somehow, the Rangers are fighting for their playoff lives following last night’s 3-0, empty-net-abetted defeat here to the Lightning.

Somehow? Here’s how: The power play, even more pathetic last night than usual while going 0-for-3, is operating without purpose, confidence or competent play from the point, yet coach Tom Renney refuses to adjust his personnel….

Somehow? Here’s how: Despite diminishing returns from veterans Martin Straka and Brendan Shanahan, Renney opted against a rest-and-replenishment night for either, even with three games in four nights coming up this week beginning with Tuesday’s Garden match against the Penguins that will be followed by games in New Jersey and Philadelphia.

read on

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Good Buy Out

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The Senators can buy out goalie Ray Emery between June 15 and June 30 at one-third of the $6.75 million left on the last two years of his deal. That would be spread out over four years, or $562,000 each year on the cap. Bet on them doing it.

much more NHL talk…

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Ducks Talk

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via the LA Times,

“I don’t think we’re happy about it,” (Scott) Niedermayer said of the suspension. “It’s not something you want to have happen for sure. But, again, Chris is a guy that plays an intense game. And we know that. I’m sure he’s said this before that he’s not going to change the way he plays.

“I personally think the incident was a lot different than a lot of incidents that happen. It was just a quick reaction that could be viewed in many, many ways.”

Said goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere: “You know Pronger is a competitor and sometimes he gets emotionally involved in the game. These things happen. That’s not to defend what he did. But we’ll have to accept the consequences and move forward.”

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Make It Harder To Change

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from CBC,

There are those who believe the NHL should enlarge nets, shrink goalie equipment and implement more four-on-four hockey to increase scoring.

Former National Hockey League forward Scott Mellanby fuelled the debate during Saturday’s Hotstove segment on Hockey Night in Canada.

Mellanby suggested the league break from tradition and have teams defend the end of the ice opposite their bench in the first and third periods.

Entering play Saturday, 2,058 goals had been scored this season in the second period, compared to 1,683 in the first period and 1,844 goals (excluding 185 empty-net markers) in the third frame.

continued

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Could You See Babcock In Ottawa?

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

It’s really going to be up to Babcock to decide if he wants to stay with the Wings. He holds the option on the last year of his contract, which means he has the hammer in negotiations.

At this point, it doesn’t seem likely Babcock will leave the Motor City, but things could change if the club underachieves in the playoffs this spring.

If Babcock, 45, were to become available, Senators GM/coach Bryan Murray would almost certainly have an interest in speaking to him.

read on an many more NHL bits…

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  Tags: mike+babcock

Simon Disgusted With Pronger Decision

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Chris Simon and those close to him, including current and former teammates, are disgusted and outraged over Chris Pronger’s eight game exile that is dwarfed by the 30 games Simon was banished for following a similar stomping incident in December.

The NHL understands the outpouring of emotion and predicted as much, but will say while acts appear similar; the intent is what defines the difference.

continued

It is over and done, time to move on in my opinion.

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  Tags: chris+pronger, chris+simon

Jamie’s World Tour

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

It was only the other day that I realized The Hockey News had Jamie McLennan blogging, and then I didn’t get around to reading his posts until today.  (Which was quite foolish of me—the guy’s hilarious.)  Here’s a sample from his most recent post, talking about his first round playoff experience in Seoul, Korea:

It was a chance for me to visit another country on my world tour and also an opportunity to see if yet another country’s immigration department would challenge the validity of Tyson Nash’s documents.

Although listed in his papers as somewhat human and standing just barely inches above an average countertop, Tyson’s appearance raised some red flags. The Koreans immediately took issue with our team’s approach of transporting him in his custom-made cage with an automatic feeder.

With the cage dimensions being equal to that of a golf bag, the only real issue was why his mouth guard, very badly decayed and barely recognizable, was traveling in a separate case.

much more…

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  Tags: international+hockey, jamie+mclennan, korea, tyson+nash

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